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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 7:08am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: More Classic TV

Since I'm no longer discussing Cavalcade of Stars, I'll change my reply subject. ;)

But to go slightly off topic, Jackie Gleason in general was entertaining.
His 1960s series "Jackie Gleason & His American Scene Magazine" was his best work. Those shows CBS wisely preserved in their originaal black & white videotape form. A lot of those shows were cut in half in 1979 at Gleason's insistance and syndicated to local stations as The Jackie Gleason Show. It was in the 80s when I first saw those, and I really wish they would be brought back (and preferably as a full hour).

The very first show in October 1962 guest starred former regular Art Carney, and he played Ed Norton in a 15 minute Honeymooners sketch that had Ralph & Ed adhering to President Kennedy's advice by trying out a bomb shelter. Meanwhile, the wives Alice and Trixie (played by Sue Ane Langdon and Patricia Bright) are off to Atlantic City.

The show opened with another long sketch -- "The Retouchables", a musical parody of The Untouchables with Jackie as Eliot Slesh and sexy Sue Ane as a dancer who is really "MR. Big" !

The Joe the Bartender bit had a new supporting character not in the 1950s Gleason show: The perpetually drunk Crazy Guggenheim. Played by deep-voiced singer Frank Fontaine, it was basically the same character that Frank played in a few episodes of Jack Benny's radio series in 1953-1954, only there his name was John Savoni and John never got to sing! (But if he had, I would skip over his tunes just as I did with Dennis Day).

Rounding out the premiere's hour were 2 musical numbers by a teenage Wayne Newton, making his national TV debut. This is the only B & W Jackie Gleason show that I was able to watch in full hour form. However, it was a kinescope copy and not the orignial tape.

The color series lasted 4 years too, and brought Carney back as a regular. The first year (1966) is available on DVD with the first 9 episodes and unfortunately The Honeymooners is the only comedy material in those particular shows (later episodes had other old characters). It's certainly looks great having been made in color (as all American TV shows were by that time), but Jackie's decision to include musical numbers took the edge off the exploits of the Kramdens & the Nortons! I felt that Sheila McRae was terrific as Alice though.

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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Mar 22, 2008 8:40am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More Classic TV

A Gleason Fan huh? I had this farther down the upload list but your post led be to bring it up the top

Honeymooners it aint. Enjoy, Mike D.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 9:19am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: STUDIO ONE episode

Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Mike!

I saw a clip of "The Laugh Maker" years ago, but at 391 MB this is the complete 1 hour show. Studio One is the series on which Jackie Gleason and Art Carney both did drama for the first time in their careers. The last time for Gleason would be in 1985 in the TV movie "Izzy and Moe" when he and Carney were reunited once again.

Studio One may be live TV and grainy looking, but I'm not saving this.
It's still worth a look!

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 7:09am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More Classic TV

"Slightly" off topic? So, What is your favourite beverage?
Seriously though, That post just reminds me that there is plenty of historically important stuff which cannot be uploaded here, including "The Jackie Gleason Show", "December Bride", the underrated "My Mother The Car" and even "The Tonight Show" (Which despite the fact that almost all pre-1970 episodes were destroyed, is still copyrighted.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 7:51am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Classic TV , copyrighted shows

NBC was foolish to destroy so many of the old 1960s Carson tapes, but there are quite a few kinescopes of those episodes that survived. They don't look that good at all. However, they did save the original tapes of the 1967 appearance by Don Rickles (the Japanese girls in the hot tub), Jadk Webb's Dragnet spoof from 1968, and Tiny Tim's on-air wedding to Miss Vicki in 1969.

Even Jack Paar's Tonight Show was in color when it premiered in 1957, and the situation there is similar.

I've seen a few episodes of My Mother the Car from my tape-trading days.
It's almost as unwatchable as It's About Time.

But back to the original point of copyrighted material. This site may have a policy against uploading those shows, yet GUBA has been allowing it for years. I was able to download a lot of first & second season episodes of COMBAT! there (transferred from DVD-Rips), and many of those I hadn't seen from my tape-trading days. :)

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 8:10am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Classic TV , copyrighted shows

Ok. I think I'm the only person who likes "My Mother The Car"! Why I enjoy that crappy show, I don't know.....